Camp Invention, a nationally recognized program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), has been a popular summer destination for young people across the country. The national camp has been held at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center at East Georgia State College for the past nine years. This year’s camp was held the week of July 12-16.
The camp challenges students to find their “inner inventor” by learning the process of innovation and promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning. In addition, the camp builds confidence, leadership, perseverance, and problem-solving skills.
Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of the nation’s greatest inventors—NIHF inductees. For 2021, the Recharge curriculum featured exclusive video content from these inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and explore their ability to innovate. These hands-on modules include:
• Open Mic™, which allowed campers to amplify their creative voice, reverse engineer a wireless microphone, and develope and promote their own extraordinary invention;
• Duck Chuck™, various hands-on experiments with trajectory and velocity that enabled children to build their own devices to launch rubber ducks around the world;
• Road Rally™, which accelerated children’s imaginations as they designed nature-inspired vehicles that could zoom across land and have prototype elements for moving through air and water;
• and SolarBot™, which charged children with taking care of their very own solar-powered robotic cricket and creating protective gear, a customized habitat, and a fun cricket playground.
Harley Smith, the Fulford Center coordinator, served as the lead coach for this year’s experience. Magnolia Midlands Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (MMGYSTC) Coordinator Erin Youmans, Swainsboro Primary teacher Macy Fagler, and MMGYSTC STEM teacher Kim Hooks served as coaches for the three groups of campers. Sierra Milligan, Diana Hernandez, and Grace Gardner served as volunteers for the camp, and James McClellen served as camp intern. Nordson Corporation generously provided 50 scholarships for rising third through sixth graders to attend the camp and has served as a corporate sponsor each year.
About Camp Invention
Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergarten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the world’s greatest inventors. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. This nationwide, nonprofit organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, the education programs have served more than 1.5 million children and 170,000 teachers and leadership interns.